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Dadgum! Doc added a pill to me....

Thursday, October 20, 2011

As many of you know, the past year has been full of health changes for me. I've worked so hard and was feeling proud of myself as I ran a few miles on my birthday morning (as yesterday's blog shows). Today, I had a 6 month check up with the doc. I should've known I was in for it when my patient printout that the nurse and doctor take their notes on had a new label on it...
Across the top in BIG, BOLD print it read "40 YEAR OLD"!
Really? Was that some magical doorway to scream "Look for falling objects"? emoticon
Okay, so I kept a calm face and proceeded. My doctor was impressed with my changes- weight, blood pressure, heart rate, and rise in good cholesterol. My healthy cholesterol has risen 16 points in the past year. He said he could tell I'd been exercising well! Great, give me a lollipop and let's go. Nope, overall cholesterol is still too high. With my AGE and family history, he said it's time to start medication. UGH!!!
The good news is that he put me on the lowest dosage every other day. He said these drugs can be used as preventative treatments especially with my family's history. So I guess I'll give it a go.
I truly hope someone's getting a laugh out of this! Also, if you have any experience with Crestor please do share. My mom had problems for years with lovistatin so I'm a little leary.

Thanks for listening, SparkFriends. Your support does mean a lot to me.

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  • SUNNY332
    You certainly gave me a laugh. Too funny about the 40 year old in bold print on your chart. Do keep a close eye on your cholesterol and be sure and eat Oatmeal. I eat it every day as doctor said this has proven to decrease the numbers. I wish I was 40 again.

    Above all, enjoy the journey.


    2735 days ago
    i feel your pain lol my cholesteral went to 147 which was the first time it was under 200 since i was diagnosed with conjestive heart failure in 07, u would THINK he would lower my zocore, nope he said it was well and good that diet and excersise was working but the meds were too, and he kept me on the same amount, DARNIT ALL!!BTW when i turned 40 they wrote the same thing across my paper too, i was wondering if i was contagious now im 43 and it dont bother me nomore! emoticon
    2743 days ago
    Thanks for the information, Sparkfriends. I will be studying and thinking on it.


    2743 days ago
  • no profile photo GIANT-STEPS
    Statins are a mixed bag. It is hard to tell exactly which groups of patients they help and many studies contradict each other.
    The safest and best proven treatment for hyperglycemia is high dose Niacin treatment. In high doses Niacin acts like a drug rather than a nutrient. The main side effect of Niacin is flushing which is an itchy uncomfortable rash that feels like a bad sunburn but while unpleasant is not harmful (and may even be beneficial). The reason Niacin has fallen out of favor with Doctors is because they fear patients will quit taking it after experiencing flushing. If you are interested in a more conservative treatment for your hyperlipidemia you should ask your doctor about Niacin therapy. There are both OTC and prescription forms of Niacin.
    If you think 40 is scary wait until 50 (which I recently passed). One word, colonoscopy. You won't like it!
    2744 days ago
  • EMPRESS8800
    Roxanne, I have been taking Crestor for about a year now. No side effects with an AMAZING number on the charts from last years blood levels to this years. My doctor and I spoke of it at my physical, and because I had the lap-band in April, my weight has dropped more than 50 pounds, but we have together decided I will stay on it until April next year when I have my next physical. By then I should drop more weight, will be exercising for a longer period of time, and should hopefully go off of it at that time.

    I don't know what they told you, but I take mine at night, because I was told your body produces more cholesterol while you are sleeping, so it helps to balance that out.

    Now if they could get me off of my blood pressure medication.....I would be thrilled. That sadly DOES run in my family, but hopefully weight loss + exercise will also equal getting rid of that one too.

    Hang in there. 40 is a great age. I will be 43 in April, and in all honesty have NO problem as I mature. Don't think of it as getting older. Age is just a number. Our state of mind truly is what keeps us going.....

    Did you see in the news the last few days that there was a gentleman who was 100 just completed a MARATHON in 8 hours???? I couldn't do that today, even if I tried. So it is a goal to keep moving forward, I can't complain, if he did it, why can't I?

    Here's the article just in case:

    2744 days ago
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